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Karen wrote:

Hi, guys —

When I have long Confessions, I make an appointment and I confess in my Priest's office. I recently read where canon law states that Confessions have to be in a Confession booth or Oratory unless there is a just cause.

  • So have my Confessions been invalid since they have taken place in his office?

It's my understanding that just cause means if I was in the hospital or in an accident, then the place wouldn't matter but my previous Confessions have not really been with a just cause as I understand this term.

  • Do I have to reconfess all my previous sins and should I stop going to these Confessions?


  { Since Canon Law says Confessions should occur in a Confession booth are these valid Confessions? }

Fr. Jonathan, our Canon Law priest replied:


This does not affect the validity of the Sacrament so you have nothing to worry about.

Fr. Jonathan

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